Career Opportunities in Journalism by Jennifer Bobrow Burns

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City Editors must be aware of and interested in crucial issues not only in local news but also in the nation and world. They should be flexible and able to jump on spot news as it happens. They need high energy and passion for their job to work long, late hours and juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Furthermore, City Editors must have very good leadership and management skills. As managers of city desks and supervisors of reporters, they must be able to motivate and retain staff. City Editors challenge themselves and their reporters to provide exciting coverage and content.

They can conduct research, consult news and wire releases, and speak to sources to find ideas. General Assignment Reporters must be creative and versatile. As generalists, they need to be skilled at writing about different subjects. With each day being different, General Assignment Reporters often work without a routine and they must get to know a variety of sources. They need initiative to cultivate these sources and generate ideas. These relationships, as well as relationships with other reporters, who can share information related to their specific beats, can be very important to making their stories both valid and appealing.

As News Researchers provide reporters and editors with reports for their research requests, they frequently spend time explaining how to read the reports. They help decipher any technical language and help them to understand how the information can be relevant to their story. News Researchers may go through these reports, highlighting or isolating important material. News Researchers often maintain research requests in a database that helps them keep track of activity. They record NEWSPAPERS information such as which department or desk made the request, what it was for, how much time it took to complete, and what resources were used.

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